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GOP Wants to Change the Definition of the Term Scientific Theory

In their never ending quest to drag America back to the 11th Century, the GOP now wants to change what the words "hypothesis" and "theory" mean.

[quote]HB 291, the "Missouri Standard Science Act," redefines a few things you thought you already knew about science. For example, a "hypothesis" is redefined as something that reflects a "minority of scientific opinion and is "philosophically unpopular." A scientific theory is "an inferred explanation...whose components are data, logic and faith-based philosophy." And "destiny" is not something that $5 fortune tellers believe in; Instead, it's "the events and processes that define the future of the universe, galaxies, stars, our solar system, earth, plant life, animal life, and the human race."

by Anonymousreply 1902/14/2013

That is not even close to what a hypothesis really is. A hypothesis is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon which needs to be tested.

by Anonymousreply 102/13/2013

[quote] something that reflects a "minority of scientific opinion and is "philosophically unpopular"

Is called "wrong."

by Anonymousreply 202/13/2013

Crap like this happens when fundamentalists pushing creationism join forces with wealthy energy giants who deny the existence of climate change. Stupid people are easier to control and manipulate.

by Anonymousreply 302/13/2013

WTF?!

by Anonymousreply 402/13/2013

[quote]something that reflects a "minority of scientific opinion and is "philosophically unpopular"

That would be Intelligent Design.

by Anonymousreply 502/13/2013

[quote]That is not even close to what a hypothesis really is. A hypothesis is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon which needs to be tested.

She's a witch! Burn her!

by Anonymousreply 602/13/2013

They're trying to pull a Slick Willie, but lack the finesse to pull it off.

by Anonymousreply 1302/13/2013

R12 Again start your own thread.

by Anonymousreply 1402/13/2013

Why do Republicans go off on these idiotic tangents?

by Anonymousreply 1502/13/2013

I want to change it too to scientific fact.

by Anonymousreply 1602/13/2013

So in reading those three definitions, science is reduced to a mere 'unpopular opinion' where faith-based philosophy (which would not be based on facts, thus the faith part) is elevated above science. In fact, there is no definition there among the three that lends ANY weight to scientific explanations or theories. Science thus ceases to be science and seems to be redefined as some sort of fantasy, while faith based fantasy becomes a legitimate explanation with more weight than science.

Wow.

by Anonymousreply 1702/13/2013

He looks like a penis buff, too. If you google hum he was an ex-Marine so seems pretty likely!

by Anonymousreply 1802/13/2013

no doubt.

by Anonymousreply 1902/14/2013
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